James cleal

James graduated from the University of Newcastle in 2009 having moved to Newcastle from Tamworth. Growing up he was heavily involved in Soccer, Cycling, Triathlon, Waterpolo, Hockey, Golf and Running... pretty much competing in any sport he could. This love of sport led to Physiotherapy and after graduating from University he accepted a position in Wollongong which included experience with the Physiotherapists for the St George Illawarra Dragons NRL team.

Since then James has worked within the Hunter New England Health district predominantly as a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist as well as spending time in the fracture and hand clinic specialist areas at Maitland Hospital, and as a Senior Physio in Emergency Departments.

James has completed his Level 1 Sports Physiotherapy certification and hopes to further expand on his experiences working with athletes from a variety of sporting backgrounds including Soccer, Rugby Union, AFL, Rugby League and Netball.

When he isn't working you'll likely find James enjoying a coffee with friends or training for his role as a 1st Grade Referee in the local NPL (Soccer) competition. You might even occasionally spot him on the A-League.

What is your guilty pleasure?

BBQ Shapes (original, not that crazy new flavour they experimented with), Chicko Rolls

What is your favourite movie?

Can I have a top three? The Matrix, The Bourne Trilogy, Star Wars 

Name three people you would love to have dinner with?

Abraham Lincoln, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Stephen Fry

Why do you love physiotherapy?

1 - I love sport and this seemed to be the best way to be as close to sport for the rest of my life as possible.

2 - I could've gone into medicine, business, law etc but I think Physiotherapy lets me help more people with more "stuff".

3 - We all want to move well and be pain free, Physiotherapy gives me the knowledge and skills to provide that to people whenever/where ever they are.

4 - I can work out on the sports field, in the clinic or in someone's home depending on whats best for the situation.

5 - Everyday is different!


What is your favorite book?

"A Fortunate Life" by A B Facey - Reminds me of what having a tough life really means and that being thankful for the opportunities provided, no matter how small, is the key to a happy life.

What is your favorite place in the world?

Home - Home is where the heart is.

Overseas Travel Destination?

I love Washington DC and Queenstown NZ - But I need to do more travel (notably Europe)

What do you love most about Terrace Physio Plus?

The people that make up our amazing team and the way the organisation is operated. I was recommended to come and work with Terrace Physio Plus by an existing team member and I owe that person a lot of thank you drinks because its been very positive and very different to other places I've worked.

What is your favourite quote?

"Little beat big when little smart. First with the head, then with the heart."

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I have a beehive in my backyard and hope to eventually own a little self sustainable farm to retire on.